Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Poet in Search of a Poem

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When life has worn you into
an unthinking shell
without words
and you sit, blinking into space,
in a place of No Thought,
tap the lifeline
of poetry
that lifts your heart
out of its everyday concerns,
into the realm
of midnight moons
and hungry ghosts.

Look up into the raven sky
and chart the silver moon goddess
as she trails mystery
like a gossamer cloak
across the heavens.

Remember that life
is more than bread and worry.
It is beauty and aliveness
and gilt-edged miracle.
It is the suspension of disbelief
and the belief in quiescence.
It is the lifting of one's eyes
above the "raveled sleeve of care"
to remember
music and poetry 
and love
and the silver shining sea,
forever ebbing and flowing
upon a shore lined
with old growth,
and fastening one's heart
and vision
and belief
firmly
upon that.



36 comments:

  1. Yes, Sherry. Beauty and aliveness. So important. You have nailed so much in this poem.

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  2. Brilliant in it's wisdom and it's beauty, this one, Sherry. Love it.

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  3. Live is more than bread and worry...so true. Too often I let it consume me. Thanks for the wisdom and encouragement to view life with wonder.

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  4. Good holy truth and advice here Sherry - like it very much ...

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  5. I love this, Sherry. Love it.

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  6. I love the line "a gift-edged miracle".....so many beautiful thoughts in this Sherry! :-)

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  7. This was magical! I want this seat belt a journey of the heart in the ebb n' flow. Yes, the gift-edged miracle, we just have to be aware!!!
    Wow, this was wonderful...I'm going to read it again~ :D

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  8. Yes indeed. Sometimes we forget the reasons why we are here.
    This is lovely Sherry.

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  9. Of course you well know that the "Raven Sky" captured me. "Bread and Worry" too, together those words are very powerful.

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  10. Ah, Sherry, these words are just as wise today as they were 3 years ago. Loved revisiting this poem again.

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  11. So many cannot see the everlasting beauty of life around them as foolish and greedy transitory temptations woo them away from much greater pleasures. It is so good to see some of your earlier work Sherry.

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  12. Hungry ghosts? That's new thought. I believed that just drank spirits.

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  13. What a lovely reminder to search for beauty in nature.. Maybe it's the way to be sustainable.

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  14. Midnight moons and hungry ghosts - oh we do love that! And the silver shining sea of words...how marvellous words and stories and poems are- and most importantly imagination and open minds/hearts xo

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  15. a song of the soul and nature.................

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  16. " Remember that life
    is more than bread and worry.
    It is beauty and aliveness
    and gilt-edged miracle."

    So true. So true. This speaks deeply to me.

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  17. remember
    music and poetry
    and love.... indeed they grease the wheels of life!!

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  18. Look up into the raven sky
    and chart the silver moon goddess
    as she trails mystery
    like a gossamer cloak
    across the heavens.

    Such wise & beautiful words Sherry.. this is incredible :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  19. Remember that life
    is more than bread and worry.
    It is beauty and aliveness

    Yes, life is more than just but some are not buying! Well penned Sherry!

    Hank

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  20. thank God life is more than bread and worry....it is something beyond our everyday perception..hidden to be unlocked....the key is with the poets :) beautifully wise lines Sherry :)

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  21. A welcome revisit. We know to what to tether our well-being!

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  22. Could be a case of writer's bloc Sherry. i wholeheartedly agree with you that once you shake off the nothingness - everything will come running, because your muse are leading them to you.

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  23. I think we try to hard to write poetry at times, instead of just experiencing it in our lives.

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  24. Brilliant work Sherry....
    'Remember that life
    is more than bread and worry.
    It is beauty and aliveness
    and gilt-edged miracle.'

    What great poems encompass as your poem did here...

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  25. Such a beautiful reminder here that "life is more than bread and worry" and that we can "tap the lifeline of poetry"---Sherry, this is stunning.

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  26. Thank you Sherry for this beautiful reminder. I do read poetry when I'm sad and rely on music too to cheer me up and help me to let go of what I cannot control. Beauty is always such a good medicine.

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  27. Oh my gosh, Sherry. I don't know how you do it, but sometimes I feel like you're writing these words for me! Life is so much more than what we see when we become stuck in our routines. We must look up and out into the world and see all the beauty. Happy day to you, Sherry :)

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  28. ah yes; this sphere exists
    "It is the lifting of one's eyes
    above the "raveled sleeve of care"
    to remember
    music and poetry
    and love
    and the silver shining sea,"

    have a nice Sunday

    much love...

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  29. Well written and in an interesting mood my friend.
    ZQ

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  30. Beautiful my friend. I haven't been writing much except to make lists of things to do and calls to make. I figure it might become an epic list poem.
    Thank you,

    Elizabeth

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  31. These lines speak directly to me my friend

    Remember that life
    is more than bread and worry.
    It is beauty and aliveness
    and gilt-edged miracle.

    today two bald eagles soared over my neighborhood and I marveled at their grace as they soared the blue skies.

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  32. A very strong poem. The last set of images of waves upon the shore really held me.

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  33. Very upbeat, life - 'gilt-edged miracle' - yes! as long as we strive to make it ...

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